Why is this work called Original Sounds?
In this album Alex Ruis tried to reconstruct the original sound of the Mike Monitor Band. Which occupied his mind with several motives of the perspectives Manners, Peers, Solace and Survival.
Mike Monitor refers to a period in which he developed musical thoughts that form the basis for his current music.
Just as Peers, Solace and Survival this piece is based on motives from the period 1978-1983. Mike Monitor liked to play rolls on the guitar. The playing in measures 3 and 41 reminds one of that.
Mike Monitor played together with different musicians hoping to find a band for his musical thoughts. Just as Manners, Solace and Survival this piece is based on motives from the period 1978-1983. It is a phantasy about two guitarists and a bass guitarist.
According to Mike Monitor, life was not a party for many people.
Dedicated to Ine Verstappen. If all kinds of jobs keep you away from making music, particularly from composing, it feels great when you finally find a hole! Just as Manners, Peers and Survival this piece is based on motives from the period 1978-1983.
To keep his music alive Mike Monitor believed, that it may at best consist of highly independent synchronous tunes. Just as the perspectives Manners, Peers and Solace this piece is based on motives from the period 1978-1983.
The conclusion might be that Mike Monitor’s principles live on in the music that he currently makes. But he wouldn’t live up to his name, if the player does not have the freedom to judge otherwise. Because the piece ends with the pointer: “End or reprise”.
What about this performance?
The piano performance is closest to how he plays these pieces himself. The orchestral version comes closest to his current sound ideal, while the band version is a reconstruction of his sound ideal from his Mike Monitor period.